If you yearn for the Cotes du Rhone wines of yesteryear, as I do, you should give this wine a try. The grapes (Grenache, 48%, Syrah, 38%, Mourvedre, 14%) come from the Languedoc rather than the Southern Rhone, but the wine has all the lively fruit of a good Cotes du Rhone from the 1980s or 1990s. And it sells for only $7.99 at Trader Joes.
Deep crimson/purple. Peppery Grenache spice plus back fruits more reminiscent of Syrah and Mourvedre. Great mouthfeel. Tannins on mid-palate but they are supple and ripe. Good acid structure and a spicy finish. This is my go-to every day wine, and I am looking forward to trying the 2016 vintage which has now reached the shelves.